[dragon] Story: My in-game Persona
ilan.muskat at mail.mcgill.ca
Mon Aug 5 04:06:53 EDT 2002
I've just written up an in-character origin story. I'm cross-posting it.
----- Original Message -----
> Subject: [dragon] Kinra San are we related?
> Kinra San, I wonder if we are long lost cousins? (story at
> Togashi Sutero
You asked a while ago, Sutero, and I'm sorry that I haven't answered yet.
I've just finished looking through "Rokugan" and "Way of the Samurai" to
hammer out some timeline details.
Here's Matsu Kinra's backstory:
It is good to meet you, Sutero-san. A pity we do not have long to talk; my
duties call me across Rokugan these days, and the Seikitsu is beginning to
crowd as events unfold. Soon passage through it will be very
But you are correct; for the moment, I must wait upon the schedule of the
Daimyo, Hitomi Kagetora-sama, until he is ready to receive me.
_Arigato-Goseimasu_ for this excellent tea; since you have asked me so
politely, I will tell you briefly of my life.
Ikoma Warai was my father. He was a jovial travelling diplomat, an
_Omoidasu_ who lent courtly voice to the Lion clan. He was also an agent of
Honor's Sacrifice Dojo--home to the spy corps of the Lion. (Don't act so
surprised. You know as well as I do that Sume-sama is more than a simple
storyteller.) In the aftermath of the Shadow War he was assigned by his
masters at Honor's Sacrifice to forge ties with the Dragon Clan.
Warai had married Matsu Juyoko shortly after the Battle of Oblivion's Gate.
Their son Moku was unusually silent and reserved. Juyoko, a Lion's Pride
_Rikugunshokan_ and veteran of Matsu Tsuko's command, was disconcerted by
Moku's silence; she distanced herself from the child. The Spirit Wars soon
began, and Warai, recognizing an opportunity to forge ties with the Dragon
clan, brought young Moku with him to the mountains of the Mirumoto. My
father believed in the necessity of sacrifice.
At the newly built Victory of the Living Blade Dojo, Moku was invited to
spar with the _Niten_ bushi. His speed and ferocity impressed the Dragon
Grandmaster: he was capable, even at a young age, of "no-thought", to act
without hesitation. He was also, however, able to learn and to listen.
Warai and Mirumoto Uso-sama arranged that the youth would train at Living
Blade, but return to Shiro Matsu for his _gempukku_. The young hostage
studied eagerly, taking in knowledge of the _Niten_ style, of strategy and
riddles, and of the Tao.
Nine years later, I underwent my _gempukku_ in the Matsu lands and took the
name Matsu Kinra. After long immersion in the philosophy of the Dragon and
the Niten style, I was at first understandably mocked by my Lion peers. At
Shiro Matsu, however, I felt my blood burn with each sparring session, and
soon embraced my Matsu heritage. I forsook the Niten style and the _mushin_
which characterized my youth and, for a time, trained exclusively with the
_No-Dachi_ sword. I found the Lion's Roar within my heart, and was assigned
as a _gunso_ in the Lion Scout corps, under the command of young Matsu
When I was sixteen, however, my life changed at Asako Tower. While my
company was on advance patrol following the return of the Steel
Chrysanthemum, I saw the murder of the child Isawa Yaruko at the hands of
Hantei the Sixteenth and Agasha Tamori. Furious, I nearly charged to an
early death at the hands of Hida Tsuneo, but Domotai restrained me. Instead
of returning to Matsu castle, I travelled to the Dragon dojo to meditate and
to find my centre once again.
I discovered it after a year of contemplation: I would spare lives. Trained
for years in the art of the _Daisho_ and the _No-Dachi_, I had become an
instrument of death, but in service to my lord, to my emperor, and to my
soul, I would do all I could to end battles before they were fought, before
blood was shed.
My father Ikoma Warai was impressed by my decision. My mother Matsu Juyoko
was not told. Typically, I would join Lion forces as a scout, or as a
front-line warrior. As a negotiator, however, I would meet in secret with
enemy generals or _hatamoto_ and draw lines on maps, exchange pleasantries
and gold koku, and frequently suffer attempts at ambush and assassination.
The Lion _bushi_ do not always dwell upon this aspect of warfare, but it is
as necessary to a clan's survival as is the deployment of _Yari ashigaru_,
or execution of the line-breaking charge. I train still at Shiro Matsu, and
I journey frequently to Victory of the Living Blade dojo.
My blood still burns; I am of Matsu. But in battle I face enemies, trained
soldiers. My Ikoma nature, my Dragon upbringing, tell me that battle must
only be fought when it is necessary. In battle I wield my _No-Dachi_.
However, I do not carry it to negotiations -- more than half of which result
in a group of black-clad assassins receiving a fatal demonstration of
Ah, I apologize, Sutero-san. It would appear that Lord Kagetora is now
ready to see me. We must discuss the change in the Phoenix: no longer do
they simply defend their own land, rather they have become a danger to each
of their neighbouring clans, and perhaps to the whole Empire. Nimuro-sama
has dispatched me to see what your clan thinks must be done. I thank you
for your time, and for your tea. I welcome you to visit Shiro Matsu as soon
as your duties permit.
Matsu Kinra (Ilan Muskat)
Lion Clan Niten Samurai * Negotiator * Fostered by the Dragon
"There is always another way."
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